How to Set Up Family Sharing on iOS 11

Ask to Buy

Since all purchases will be billed to the organizer’s account, you can set up Ask to Buy for your children. This means that when they something they want to buy and tap on it, a request will be sent to the organizer’s device, or a parent/guardian. You can review the item and approve or decline the request.

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

  1. Go to Settings > Your Name and tap Family Sharing.
  2. Tap your family member’s name.
  3. Tap Ask to Buy.When you set up Family Sharing you can enable Ask to Buy.


  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud.
  2. Click Manage Family and select your family member’s name.
  3. Select Ask to Buy.


The family photo album, reminders list, and calendar will be automatically created, so you don’t have to do anything there. When you first set up an Apple Music subscription, you’ll be asked to choose an individual, family, or student plan.

For location sharing, you can use the Find My Friends app to keep tabs on everyone. And in the Find My iPhone app, any family member can help find another member’s lost device.

The Mac Observer has a guide on how to create an Apple ID. If your kids are under 13, they can still use Family Sharing, you just have to set one up on their behalf. The ID will be automatically added to your family group.

  1. Go to Settings > Your Name > Family Sharing > Add Family Member.
  2. Then, tap Create an Apple ID for a child.
  3. Enter your child’s birthday and tap Next.
  4. Review the Parent Privacy Disclosure and tap Agree.
  5. Enter your payment information and tap Next.
  6. Enter your child’s name, tap Next, then create their Apple ID, and tap Next.
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions to set a password, pick security questions, and set up the account.

If you have further questions on how to set up Family Sharing, leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to help.

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